Remember: if in doubt, get out, stay out and call 999.
Every home should have at least one smoke alarm - visit our dedicated smoke alarms page for more information.
What are they? Lightweight sheets of fire-resistant material. How do you use them? You cover a fire to cut its supply of oxygen or wrap a person whose clothes are on fire. If you buy one make sure it complies with British Standard BS EN 1869.
What are they? Cylinders containing a pressurised fire fighting agent which shoots out in a jet. They may contain powder, water, foam or carbon dioxide. How do you use them? They are quick and simple to use. Basically, you point them at the fire and shoot the jet at it. There are different types of extinguishers – always read the instructions and make sure you have the right type for the kind of fire you may face. If in doubt, contact your local Fire and Rescue Service.
What is it? CO is produced when gas does not burn properly. You can't see it. You can't taste it. You can't even smell it but CO can kill in hours. Tiredness, drowsiness, stomach and chest pains, headaches and a feeling of sickness are all symptoms of CO poisoning and are often mistaken for flu. There is a particular risk when sleeping, as early symptoms cannot be recognised.
How do you stay safe? Every year around 30 people die from gas related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and explosions, mainly because their gas appliances have not been properly installed or maintained. CO alarms are a useful back-up precaution. However, they must not be regarded as a substitute for proper installation and maintenance of gas equipment. If you decide to buy a CO alarm, ensure it meets current safety standards (BS 7860 and BS EN 50291) and carries the Kitemark. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions to place it.